Agadir is the Torremolinos of Morocco, but in the old part of town (relatively old, because an earthquake destroyed virtually everything in the 60s), a bit farther away from the beaches but with a local atmosohere, you can find a cozy 2 star hotel with an attentive staff, clean rooms and a small garden.
Tafraout Hotel Tanger is a small guest house in the heart of town, easy to find from the bus stop and taxis. They charge 40DH per person, per night and there are a total of nine quarters of one, two or three people. Below is a restaurant but when we went, Ramadan means were not available. You can also eat in a few places next door. The staff was very friendly and helped us to plan activities. The rooms are basic but I think they are changing them now. Some share a bathroom, others have a private shower. They have plenty of blankets because it is cold in the mountains at night, and in the day not much heat gets into the rooms. On the roof terrace you can see the whole town and the surrounding mountains which is very nice.
The Tour du Sud is a medium sized hotel next to the main mosque in Agadir. The neighbourhood is called Nouveau Talborjt, and it's a nice place, with a lot of locals, and not many tourists. The hotel stands in a renovated building (formerly Hotel de Paris). It's a two-star hotel with clean rooms, and fairly cheap as it's farther from the beach than the big chain hotels. To get to the beach, you can either walk for 20 minutes or take a taxi for 5 (which costs a little more than one euro). There are two courtyards in the hotel, with shady trees. Ask for a room on the ground floor if you're worried about the heat, although you should keep in mind that temperatures in Agadir aren't as high as in Marrakesh.
The Residence Fleurie is located in the center of Agadir, about a 10 minute walk from the beach. It is part of the tourist district, without much Moroccan soul, but it is a clean and safe place where you can safely walk around at night. The hotel has 48 studios and 5 apartments arranged around a pool, and a small terrace where you can have breakfast and some snacks in the late afternoon. There is a reception that can offer you ideas for excursions or help you rent a car. There is also a computer with internet access available. The double room is about 50 euros per night, depending on the season, and the apartment is 90 euros per night.
The Louban Hotel is in the center of modern Agadir near the beach, where you have a lot of great, fairly similar-looking hotels. Below the Louban building, there is a cafeteria that serves breakfast and dinner, as well as a shop, a supermarket, an internet cafe ... well, all services you'd expect near a tourist center. A double room costs about 50 euros per night, and rises slightly during the month of August. The rooms are basic, as in an Ibis hotel, not exactly famous for the great decoration, but clean and well located.
The Kenzi Europa Hotel is a large 5* hotel located on the August 20th Avenue, very close to the beach and shopping center. The beach offers more than six miles of sand and calm waves, with 300 days of sunshine a year. The hotel has 236 rooms and suites, each with a private bathroom, AC and a warm decor. Most have a balcony with sea view. There is a mini bar and satellite TV in each room. There are three restaurants, plus an English bar that is being renovated. The restaurants offer buffets and a la carte menu, with Italian-inspired food, as well asFrench and Moroccan cuisine. The pool is heated during the winter, and there are a number of tennis courts and an indoor gym too. It´s a perfect place any time of the year. The double room starts at 75 euros whereas the full price is 150. There are offers online in the low season.
The Canary hotel is in the area of Talborjt Nouveau, a little bit away from the coast and the beach of Agadir. It is a cheap hotel which has single and double rooms, for 7-8 euros per night. They're clean and tidy, the cheapest ones with a shared bathroom. Under the hotel is a nice square with several restaurants and other hotels, but the neighbourhood isn't a particularly good place to go for a walk at night; I prefer the coast. The hotel is basic, and doesn't offer breakfast or lunch, but the staff are friendly and helpful, and there's a discount if you stay for a week. Some workers stay here during the week, returning to their villages at the weekends.
Massa Hotel Agadir is in the Talborjt Nouveau in a nice pedestrian plaza, which has several terraces of restaurants and also services, shops, and banks. It is a convenient place to get to and from Agadir, because the agency of CTM (the country's most reliable buses) is right behind. But other than that is just a small guesthouse with cheap prices - 10 euros per night for two people, and 8 euros for one person. If you stay more than three nights, you can ask for a discount. The hotel has a terrace, but it's more to clean and dry your clothes than anything else. The beach is a 20 minute walk away. In the hotel you can find young couples looking to save money, as well as some seasonal workers.
The hotel is next to Sindibad Hotel Canaria, but is better quality and more comfortable than its neighbour. First, a number of the rooms have air conditioning, while the other hotel just has fans. There's also a small pool with a terrace for sunbathing, sheltered from the street. It's in Tamri Talborjt Square in the Talborjt Nouveau district, and is a 15-minute walk from the closest beach. The advantage is that it is cheaper than the hotels on the coast. The hotel has internet access and breakfast is included in the price. Reception also offers some services like luggage storage and currency exchange.
The Nejma Hotel in the center of Agadir is a fairly modern hotel with western-style comforts. It's on the Avenue of the Armed Forces, only about a 10 minute walk from the beach through some calm parks. There is a 24-hour reception service, which can recommend travel agencies and car rental agencies. The rooms are simple, very clean, and roomy. There are 63 rooms, 40 of which are studios, and each one has a small lounge and a sofa. Up to 4 people can sleep in a studio. They have a TV, a small fridge, and a basic kitchen to prepare the food, but it's easier and cheap to just eat out. In the low season, prices are 400DH for single room, 500 for double, and 600 for a triple. Add 30DH for the high season.
This residence is in the centre of Agadir, in a large avenue with quite a bit of traffic. There aren't many affordable options closer to the beach. You can book in advance, but you must do it at least three weeks before arrival, and pay a deposit of half the price. In low season, excluding the month of August, a single room is 380 dirhams, and a double 440. You can add an extra bed for 100 dirhams more. Breakfast costs 36 per person, and dinner 130, but I recommend you eat at one of the many restaurants on the nearby boardwalk. In high season, add 20 dirhams to the price per room. The rooms are modern, and the higher floors have ocean views.
The South Bay hotel is in the center of Agadir, about 10 minutes walk from the beach. It is a large hotel that offers mainly all inclusive packages for European tourists. The air-conditioned rooms are a good size with a private bathroom. It has Western decor and it seems just like any chain hotel without any charm. Downstairs has a bar and a restaurant with shows and live music at least one night a week. The hotel has a swimming pool, a sports hall, and a lot of activities organized for guests. There is a smaller pool for children. The single room is 40 euros per night, the double is 45 euros, and the suites are 70 euros. Children under 2 year stay for free, and children under 12 stay for half. Breakfast can be purchased for 3 euros.
The hotel is on the Kamal Hassan II strip, to limit the Tallborjt Nouveau district. It is a 3 star hotel with 128 rooms. Some are triple for four people, which face the street and have phonic insulation, while those which face the pool have a balcony. The beach is a 10 minutes walk away, there are several shops and restaurants nearby. The rooms are simple, with inexpensive décor and furnishing, a small TV, a desk, and a private bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant with a buffet if you bought a package, and one that serves a la carte. Near the pool they also make snacks. The double room costs 45 euros per night, the triple 55 euros. There is up to 30% discount in low season depending on when you go for a visit.
The Atlantic Hotel is in the centre of Agadir, close to the shopping centers and a 10 minute walk from the beach. It's a nice, quiet beach hotel, ideal for a family holiday. The hotel has 50 rooms arranged around a pool. It's a beautiful place, with Moroccan décor and newly renovated rooms. They offer rooms with either a double bed or two singles, a private bathroom, and a table so you can have breakfast in the room. It is a three star hotel. In the high season, a double room costs 42 euros per night and a triple room costs 60 euros. You have to add 5 euros per person for breakfast, and 13 for the other meals. They also have a spa where they use traditional products like Moroccan argan oil.
The modern Solman Hotel occupies a large building half a block long on the corner of two major avenues of Agadir. I would have liked it more if it was a small hotel in a remote seaside village, but Agadir is a major tourist destination and has to accommodate a lot of people in a lack of space. The interior is much nicer. The rooms are quiet so that you can barely hear the street traffic. They are also clean and come with a private bathroom. It is a three star hotel and you pay from 45 euros per night in low season. There is a good level of service and the taxi station is nearby.
The Odyssee Park is a resort that is on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, in the town of Agadir. It is a modern resort, organised around a pool. It's guarded day and night to keep out the souvenir sellers that tend to pester tourists until they feel they have to buy something out of desperation. The hotel people are very nice, and most of the guests are French and German. It's five minutes walk from the beach, which is 6km long and one of the nicest in the country, and it's also close to some great nightlife. The rooms have a small balcony where you can have breakfast. They are air conditioned, and have been renovated recently. A double room is 60 euros, a single 40 euros, with breakfast included.
The Tiznine Hotel is a small hotel that is in the neighbourhood of Nouveau Talborjt. This is a quiet neighbourhood, where you can enjoy an authentic Moroccan atmosphere by night, and is a more pleasant place to spend a few days than the big hotels on the coast. There are several shops around, including an internet cafe, and the beach is a 20 minute walk away. The hotel charges 13 or 14 euros a night for a clean, small room for two people. The rooms have a private bathroom, or you can pay less for a shared bathroom.
The Azour hotel is in the center of Agadir, and is a large modern building, 15 minutes walk from the beach. You're close to the craft centre and the Talborjt Nouveau district, the new part of town, built after the earthquake destroyed Agadir in 1960. It's not a trendy place, but it's where the local people go out. To experience the typical tourist parties, you'll have to go to the beach in a taxi (20 DH). The hotel has just reopened after a major renewal and has some apartments with basic kitchens and living rooms, as well as ordinary rooms.
This is the second time we have stayed in this hotel, and I'm sure we will again. Besides the hotel, we also like the food. The restaurant is good (highly recommended!). The service given by Aissam and Abdul was very good. The only downside is that because the weather was bad, Abdul advised us to drive around with the car (+/- 300km). They have a great new website. www.hotelsvalentine.com
On arrival, you'll feel overwhelmed. The place is magical, but it's really weird at first ... it's strange and creepy. But when you open the door, you'll feel like you're hallucinating. True luxury at relatively affordable prices. An oasis in the middle of nowhere: great service, wonderful rooms, and absolute comfort.